National Poetry Month

Do you know your Keats from your Wordsworth? Your Bronte from your Duffy?

It’s National Poetry Month across the pond, a time to appreciate and increase awareness of poetry. And with so many of the world’s greatest poets hailing from Britain, we thought we’d get involved in the celebrations!


To get you inspired, we’ve taken the most memorable lines from a selection of the nation’s favourite poems. Let us know your own favourite, @candismagazine.

The Owl and the Pussycat, Edward Lear

“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea

In a beautiful pea green boat,

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

Wrapped up in a five pound note.”

Daffodils, William Wordsworth

“Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretch’d in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay.”

If, Rudyard Kipling

“If you can dream ­– and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same.”

Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath to all short a date.”

How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for right.

I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.”

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

“He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.”

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